Counter protest organiser Danielle Keys. (Menzies House Image.)
For some time far left groups along with pro Palestinian and Green groups have been waging, what they call a “Palestinian Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign,” targeting Jewish businesses. One of their favorite targets is chocolate store Max Brenner, “to highlight the support of its parent company, the Strauss Group, for the Israeli military and its sale of chocolate to it.
Danielle Keys, a university student, who was appalled at seeing flyers being handed out for the protest, organized a counter protest as a Facebook event. This took off and counter protesters heavily outnumbered rentacrowd. She has placed a report on it at Menzies House:
When the Socialist Alliance marched down to Southbank they were not counting on being outnumbered by ordinary Australians telling them to go home and that their intolerance was not welcome. They quite seriously didn't bank on it and were very upset about it (ha-ha!). …Image: Protest contained. Courtesy J Wire.
It was amazing to see the Socialist Alliance and Justice for Palestine outnumbered and placed into a nice little contained area. There were stacks of people and in particular many young people out to stand up against the Socialist Alliance. Unlike in other cities, the Socialist Alliance were kept away from the Max Brenner store (as they would have had to get through 10 police officers and 70 regular Australians who were fed up). Max Brenner Southbank was really busy and business was booming for them. We had random people off the street so disgusted by the Socialist Alliance that they went and bought some chocolate then stood with us.Editorial note: I had never heard of Max Brenner until encountering the Facebook event and have no idea what their product is like. I will make damn sure that the next time I am in Brisbane, I will go there and find out. The idiots of the left may just have boosted Brenner’s trade.
This rabble of socialist sycophants were chanting about Max Brenner's support for genocide and how it has blood on it's hands. I found this particularly disturbing as Jewish people have been systematically persecuted and subjected to genocidal attacks for thousands of years. The conduct of the Socialist Alliance yesterday made it clear their attachment to violent, aggressive and fundamentally anti-Semitic behaviour.
We responded with many different chants and songs, but I think one of the most amazing ones was when a Max Brenner staff member came up to join us before his shift started and chanted about how he loves the company he works for. I was happy to give that guy the megaphone for a welcome break... everyone's vocal chords have taken a beating
As a young idealist and libertarian I got lost in the principled machinations of what is happening surrounding the BDS. What is really important for all people to remember is that there is a huge personal element to these things. Because ordinary Australians stood up and said no to the Socialist Alliance's intolerance and hatred, the Jewish community has felt a level of support that I am not sure they felt was there before. I've been invited to an event at a synagogue!